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The World’s Most Important (and unsung) Hero

November 1, 2011

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Hans Ruesch, the father of the modern anti-vivisection movement has died on 27 August 2007 at age 94. If we measure a persons greatness by the extent to which they expose and seek to eliminate suffering and are prepared to dedicate themselves to this end no matter what then Hans Ruesch was the most important person in the world today…and also the most persecuted.

Mr Ruesch’s contributions to humanity were recognised in two books that recognise history’s luminaries. Ruesch is honoured – alongside Orwell, Darwin, Shaw, Plato, Sartre, Aristotle, Keats, Carlyle, Herodotus, Hoyle, Ruskin and Flaubert, amongst others – in the 2002 book Past to Present: Ideas That Changed Our World by Terry and Stuart Hirschberg. That book includes fourteen pages of excerpts from Slaughter of the Innocent. He is also honoured in the 2003 book called Ideas that Changed the World by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto; listed alongside Einstein and Gandhi as inclusions from the 20th century.
A genuine anti-vivisectionist he forced a referendum on the elimination of vivisection in Switzerland, the country which had and still may have the highest number of animal experiments per capita due to pharmaceutical companies. He was also instrumental in helping Italian parliament to vote for the elimination of vivisection and brought this about in South Tirol. No-one has ever come closer to exposing and eliminating this, the most despicable crime ever committed. His ideas should have changed the world and would have if his books and words were not so successfully suppressed. If we do not hear them then there is little hope. Please buy his books, read them and for the sake of laboratory animals, spread the truth far and wide. 
What a life! Grand Prix winner, best selling novelist (selling millions of books, some made into Hollywood films) and MOST IMPORTANTLY BY FAR, the most successful anti-vivisectionist of all time.
Here is something I wrote in 2004:

In June last year I had the honour of meeting a man who is truly the founder of scientific anti-vivisectionism and the most effective anti-vivisectionist in the world, Hans Ruesch. I admit that I was unaware that he was still alive until shortly before then. I was travelling in Europe and so decided that I would go through Lugano in Switzerland for the purposes of meeting the man who is a hero to me and would be to anyone who knows the truth about vivisection and his tireless efforts to expose and stop it. Upon arriving at his address I found a block of flats with many numbers, once a millionaire persecution by his opponents had lead to him living here. Not knowing what number was his I felt despair until a moment later a man arrived and said to me in english “I’m here to see Mr Ruesch, who are you here to see?”, something which has never happenned to me before. If I believed in fate this would be a sure sign of it.

I met an 89 year old man, very modest and not requiring my compliments and still writing an entire book in four languages without help despite ill health and constant persecution which caused him to leave his country for years. After writing to him I had the good fortune to receive a reply which is unusual for such a busy man. In it he said that at eighty nine he was reaching the end of his rainbow and I replied that if anyone’s life could be described as such then his could.

Let me paraphrase from “1000 Doctors (and many more) Against Vivisection”. “Born in 1913 as a Swiss citizen to a Swiss couple who was living in Naples, Italy, he grew up multilingual, studying first in Italy and then in German speaking and partly in francophone Switzerland – Zurich and Geneva. As a very young man he embarked in a car racing career which took him all over Europe and Africa. He established two world records at nineteen and went on to win the British Grand Prix of the time.

But he felt that literature was his calling, and in 1938 he sailed to the USA, where he was one of the few European writers to succeed in publishing short stories and articles in Americas leading magazines and newspapers of the time. In 1950 Harper Brothers published his first American novel, set among the Eskimos: “Top of the World”, which had by 1989 sold over 3 million copies world wide and was also filmed, starring Anthony Quinn. Kirk Douglas starred in another film taken from one of Ruesch’s novels, “The Racer”.

Having also studied medicine, he worked in the 1950s as a medical editor. It was in this capacity that he gradually discovered the fraud inherent to the industrialized, money spinning, disease producing vivisectionist practice.

In 1973 when his latest novel, “Back to the Top of the World” was released, Ruesch announced that he was never going to write fiction again so long as the fraud of vivisection was not generally exposed, and from then on he dedicated all his efforts to this end.

His first book about the cruelty and counterproductivity of the practice, “Slaughter of the Innocent”, first appeared in Italy’s publishing empire of Rizzoli in 1976 and in New York (Bantam) in 1978. “Naked Empress” (1982) exposed the dire consequences that medicine and humanity have derived from an erroneous method of “research”, and “1000 Doctors (and many more) Against Vivisection” shows that a growing number of people share his views. Vivisection based medicine is in fact being increasingly recognised as the principal cause of disease today.”

Bette Overell, former leader of the New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society said in her excellent book “Animal Research Takes Lives…Humans and Animals Both Suffer”, 1993, (available from, “Shocked by what he discovered, in 1974 Ruesch founded his own Center for Scientific Information on Vivisection (CIVIS), a publishing house dedicated exclusively to the fight against vivisection, from which he despatches regular foundation reports in many languages. In 1979 Ruesch’s ‘Slaughter of the Innocent” was the breakthrough which altered the whole concept and course of the ‘anti-vivisection movement’. Revealing that vivisection is not merely a question of cruelty to animals, but also the vital international alibi which paves the way, through fraud and conspiracy, to solid gold profits, in Great Britain the book lasted a few short weeks before being banned from the shelves. Abandoning his lucrative literary career Ruesch pledged to devote the remainder of his life to this cause. He has been highly successful, not only in becoming the recognised father of the new abolitionist movement, but for his many subsequent powerful works on the subject.

In 1985 Ruesch was a key figure in the Swiss Referendum Against Vivisection, when on December 18 of that year a third of the Swiss population voted in favour of abolition. In October 1987 he helped launch the first ever International League of Doctors Against Vivisection of which he was made Honourary President. The worlds most sought after exponent of abolition, Ruesch undertakes a gruelling lecture circuit, debates with adversaries at symposia, addresses internatioinal congresses and is a well known figure on European and American radio and television. He is the draw card which leads marches and addresses rallies, always dispensing the facts as they are. Many organisations worldwide have been formed to support Hans Ruesch, whose name, and rightly so, since we and future generations are in his debt, is already carved in history”.

Here is a letter Mr. Ruesch wrote to me in 2002;
“Milan, 10 December, 2002
Dear Mr Douglas Leith,
Your letter of Oct 14th reached me only a few days ago because I’ve had to leave my Swiss address about 3 years ago because of constant persecution by the courts. I regret not having heard from you earlier, otherwise you would be on my mailing list and you would have received all my Foundation Reports of which I am enclosing the last one. I don’t know if I’ll ever find the time and the strength to do still another report in English, as I am also writing and publishing Reports in my other three languages and I am very much at the end of my rainbow.
Your letter moved me particularly although I receive many of the kind. I’ll soon be turning 90 and feel very much at the end of my strength. I know there are a great many people who feel as we do.
Yours; Hans Ruesch

If you have never heard of him I am not surprised for his books and work have been kept out of the public eye very effectively since his first anti-vivisection book “Slaughter of the Innocent” was published in 1978. This book exposed vivisection for what it is, a massive hidden fraud which not only kills hundreds of millions of animals a year but is also the largest cause of human illness and death, a fact which has been very well hidden from almost all of us. Why is it so well hidden? Primarily because extremely powerful industries rely on fraudulent animal “tests” to pass their products as “safe” so as to avoid litigation for the damage which they cause constantly, the careers of many “academics” rely on vivisection as an alibi for publishing papers and the “medical research” business relies on it for constant “breakthroughs” without ever curing a disease and thereby ensuring constant business. The media relies on these for advertising income and often outright ownership and the government receives “donations” from them so influencing the education and legal systems. They also infiltrate groups who claim to be opposed to vivisection.

So we have some very powerful enemies. We can defeat them by expressing the truth about vivisection. To do this firstly we must inform ourselves and the works of Hans Ruesch are essential reading for anyone who is opposed to what Mahatma Gandhi called “the blackest of all of the black crimes ever committed against God and his fair creation.” Do not let the vivisectors succeed in stopping the truth from being heard as they have done by stopping his books. These books are more empowering than disturbing. If you have ever had no answer when someone has said “What would you rather kill, a baby or a rat?” then you must read these books before they are completely suppressed.

“Conclusions drawn from animal research, when applied to humans are likely to delay progress, mislead and do harm to the patient. Vivisection, or animal experimentation, should be abolished.” Dr Moniem A Fadali. For over a thousand more quotes against vivisection by eminent doctors and scientists see “1000 Doctors (and many more) Against Vivisection” by Hans Ruesch.




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